The Caxton Club brings together archivists, authors, binders, book artists, booksellers, collectors, conservators, designers, editors, librarians, printers, publishers, scholars, and others. Members from these diverse backgrounds form a community that shares a love of printed, handwritten, and digital books and related textual objects, such as pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and ephemera. The club provides a forum to learn about the arts, history, and technologies of these materials, as well as a space to share the joys of appreciating and collecting them.

Sarah M. Pritchard, President....... Lou Pitschmann, Vice-President...... Leslie J. Winter, Secretary....... Jeffrey Jahns, Treasurer.......
GRANTS: 2019–20 grant recipients: Meha Rey, Yann Trividic, Sara Jensen, Kathie DeLamater, and Annabel Pinkney.
CHICAGO 101 AUTHORS: Each of the 101 titles is the focus of an essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile.
MELLON FELLOWS: Each year the club provides copies of Other People’s Books to Mellon Fellows at Rare Book School.

Caxton Members: Submit your item to our online exhibit, Caxtonians’ Collections.
Exhibit is open to all.


Caxton Club programs run from September through June with a second Friday daytime program at Noon CT and a third Wednesday evening program at 6:30 PM CT. Please see detailed descriptions for available programs.

Virtual programs will consist of quality Zoom presentations with real-time Q&A features immediately following. All programs — virtual or in-person — require advance registration on the club’s website. This allows Zoom instructions to be sent before programs, and for planning for in-person programs where space is limited. As usual, we will record all programs and make them available for viewing in the Past Programs section of our website’s Members Only section.

Only registrants who miss a program or wish to view it again will be given the opportunity to request a link to a recording of the program.

    • 06/18/2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • 6/18/2024 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET. Zoom presentation is free and open to Caxton Club members only.

    June Evening Program

    Are you curious to see what your fellow Caxtonians collect? Club members will open their libraries to share a favorite book or other piece from their collection for an information evening of on-line bibliomania.

    This is a great way to meet fellow Caxtonians and learn more about them and their collections! We are hoping this will become a regular event.

    The presenters will be:

    Neil Harris is the Preston and Sterling Morton Professor of History and Art History, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago. A specialist on the history of collecting, museums, World’s Fairs, and the built landscape, he is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Getty Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow, and has received numerous other awards. Most importantly, he has been a member of the Caxton Club for more than 35 years and he is a devoted book collector, particularly of illustrated books published between the two World Wars.

    Marc Joseph is semi-retired from the Wine & Spirit trade, now working several days a week as a manager at a fine wine and spirit shop in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A new member of the Caxton Club, his book collecting interests are concentrated in two primary areas: Fine and Private Presses from the late 19th century to the current day, with an emphasis on the period of the 1890s to the late 1940s; and Books on Books, with an emphasis on the fine printers of the golden age of letterpress printing. Of course, like most collectors there are a few other interests, like Science Fiction and Wine & Spirits.

    Susan F. Rossen has been a Caxtonian for over four decades, serving as chair of the Publications and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Outreach committees. She was publisher at the Detroit Institute of Arts until 1981, and then at the Art Institute of Chicago until her retirement in 2009. She collects books from around the world for adults that are illustrated mainly with woodcuts and wood-engravings and that date from the 1920s into the early 1950s.

    Diane Stilwell Weinberg, a former actress, is now a teacher and a collector of beautiful books. She prefers that the subject as well as the binding might come in a lovely form. Some examples of her collecting interests include: artists books, miniatures, fore-edge and 19th-century Asian adventure travel books.

    Zoom begins at 6:30 pm CT / 7:30 pm ET. Registration required via website. Program is open to Caxton Club members.

    • 09/13/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 9/13/2024 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance – Zoom presentation and optional lunch ($35) following. Reservations required by 12PM CT 9/11/24. Seating limit is 24.

    September Midday Program

    What better way to spend Friday the 13th than in the company of printers, prevaricators, peddlers, and penny broadsides?

    In early modern London, where newspapers were a sevenpence luxury, broadsides were the affordable single-sheet news source for the masses. They specialized in singing the praises of criminals who could capture the public’s imagination through a bold prison break, a brazen break-in, a terrifying and deadly encounter, and a tearful repentance in the shadow of the gallows. The modern newsroom adage that if it bleeds it leads draws its inspiration from these tales … as did (and do) a host of novels and detective stories.

    Join us as Nora Davies recounts the story in a generously illustrated program. Nora will be coming to us from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. As a digital asset specialist Davies provides instruction on copyright, cataloging, image research, editing, and more. Worry not, Chicagoans, Nora’s Midwest bona fides include an English degree from nearby Beloit College and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Cozy up to Zoom and be transported to the crowded, noisy streets of London. But don’t worry about pickpockets or cutpurses … we’ll keep your reservation safe!

    Live attendance and optional lunch

    View Zoom program on eighth floor, Steel Room, Union League Club. Presentation begins at 12:00 PM CT. Optional lunch immediately following in the fourth floor Rendezvous. $35 includes non-alcoholic beverage, a cup of soup, and your choice of sandwich, salad, or hot entree, tax, and tip.

    Zoom presentation is free and open to all.

    Zoom begins at 12:00PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Preregistration required via website.

    Please forward this notice to anyone who may find it of interest.

    Transportation to the Union League Club at 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

    The Union League Club is easily accessible through many public transportation methods. Additionally, the following options are available for those who wish to travel by cab or car.

    The Union League Club front desk offers a connection to cab service through Curb. The desk will call cabs for members and all guests while allowing riders to remain inside until the cab arrives. No curbside wait. Cabs will accept all payment forms, following the payment procedures you experience with a street-hailed cab.

    If you are traveling by car, the Union League Club offers valet parking for Caxton events at $35.00. You must register and prepay in advance through the Caxton Club. Valet parking options will now be included as an option with all event registrations.

    Spot Hero is an independent parking option, generally offering spots at the 318 S. Federal Street garage adjacent to the Union League Club. You may reserve and pay for a guaranteed parking spot through the Spot Hero app or website (

    • 09/18/2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • 9/18/2024 5:30 PM In-person program at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    September Evening Program

    Save the date. Details to follow.

    Tonia Grafakos is the Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation, Northwestern University Libraries.

    Portions of this program were underwritten by a bequest of the estate of Peggy Sullivan.




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